“Keepers and Poachers”


Singer and others are poaching when 12 keepers are seen. They decide to fight; in the course of battle, young William Taylor is taken. In court, he's told his life will be spared if he names his companions; he refuses, vowing to "die for them all."


This should not be confused with the "Bold William Taylor" whose girlfriend dresses as a man and shoots him (in "William Taylor" [Laws N11]). - PJS

Cross references


  • George Maynard, "William Taylor" (on Maynard1, Voice18)


  1. Kennedy 254, "Keepers and Poachers" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #851
  3. BI, K254


Alternate titles: “Bold William Taylor”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (collected by Cecil Sharp)
Found in: Britain(England(Lond,South))